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Hands on with the Telstra Tough Max 2


Posted on January 23, 2018

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Our latest smartphone, the Tough Max 2, is durable for tradies, farmers, outdoor adventure enthusiasts, or anyone seeking extra protection and durability in a phone. We asked WA-based field technician Jarrad Radke to put the Tough Max 2 to the test through his week. Here’s what he had to say.

I was challenged to try out the Telstra Tough Max 2 on the road for a week in my job as a Remote Communication Technician – where a tough, functional mobile is a necessity for me. Here are six things I liked about the Tough Max 2.

  • 1 It handles the elements

    Telstra Tough Max 2

    A mobile device needs to be capable of operating in my workplace – which is ‘field based’. The Tough Max 2 has travelled with me on various sealed and unsealed roads to the East Kimberley town of Halls Creek being exposed to dust and rain without issue.

  • 2 It's easily configurable

    Telstra Tough Max 2

    To be a truly useful tool of trade in my job, a mobile device must be able to be configured to Telstra’s internal Mobile Device and Application specifications, and that was easy with the Telstra Tough Max 2. I also require a number of applications from both Telstra’s App Central as well as an app store – and all the apps I need to use loaded and worked well.

  • 3 It has a Blue Tick rating

    Telstra Tough Max 2

    It is Blue Tick rated and I can also use an external antenna adaptor to allow the external vehicle-mounted antenna I have on my Telstra service vehicle to be connected to the Phone. (External antenna and adapter are sold separately.)

  • 4 It has a great camera

    My expectations of a phone camera are twofold: it needs to be able to capture detailed close-up pictures and video for work purposes, as well as being able to capture the unique and colourful landscapes of the Kimberley. The Tough Max 2 has performed well in both areas this week.

  • 5 It has good battery life

    I found the battery life very good. The Tough Max 2 comes with convenient Qi wireless charging and Quick Charge 2.0 along with a huge 3000mAh battery – perfect for my lifestyle where I spend a lot of time on the road.

  • 6 It has a fingerprint scanner

    The rear fingerprint scanner is also a cool feature that allows you to instantly unlock the phone to make and receive calls, or snap to a picture like this one. Data security is extremely important at Telstra, and as a field technician I’m out and about often – and keeping the Tough Max 2 locked is easy.

    Although I’ve only spent a week using the Telstra Tough Max 2, it has performed all the functions I need from a modern and smart mobile device.

    Things you should know:

    1. The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4GX in all capital CBDs and selected suburban and regional areas and is progressively rolling out to more places. In other coverage areas around Australia, you’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 4G or 3G. Check coverage at Speeds vary for reasons like location, distance from base stations, terrain, user numbers, hardware/software configuration, download source and upload destination.

    2. Blue Tick is a Telstra rating that recommends to customers which devices are better suited for coverage in regional areas of the Telstra Network.

    3. Customers need to purchase a Qi Wireless charger separately to make use of this feature.

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